Pilot admits child porn possession

Croft Brown was pictured in the Evening Post following a serious plane crash in May 2010
Croft Brown was pictured in the Evening Post following a serious plane crash in May 2010

A PILOT who cheated death in a crash has admitted possessing child pornography.

Croft Brown, 67, pleaded guilty to having hundreds of indecent photos and a number of videos of youngsters when he appeared before Preston Crown Court.

Brown, of Lindale Avenue, Grimsargh, also admitted four counts of distributing an indecent photo of a child and three of having extreme pornographic images.

Some of the charges involved photos at level five, the most serious category for indecent images.

Brown was in the News in May 2010, when he survived a serious accident in his glider plane in Scotland.

He was flying solo in the Cairngorms when the glider plunged into a 3,000ft mountain.

He was cut free by a mountain rescue team and airlifted to hospital for treatment to two broken ankles and two fractured vertebrae in his spine.

Dressed in a grey suit and tie, dad-of-two Brown used crutches to walk into the dock at court.

He sat with his head bowed as a list of 31 charges were read out and he pleaded guilty to each one in turn.

The court heard the offences dated back to various occasions in 2010 and 2011.

Judge Heather Lloyd bailed Brown with the condition he have no unsupervised contact with children under 16.

She said: “The fact I am giving you bail should not be taken as any indication as to the likely sentence.

“All options are open, including custody.”

He will be sentenced on February 28.